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Manga Linguistics 101: Onomatopoeias

English speakers do not usually pay much attention to onomatopoeias. Yes, these literary devices help us to agree that dogs bark and horses neigh. They are also a lifesaver in literature class, when y…

Reclaiming Back the Hols

I admit: I’m a self-confessed Grinch. Christmas brings out the cranky side of me, the pessimistic side which is cynical about everyone and everything. It only takes the mentioning of “Christmas Wonder…

If You Understand Time The Way I Do

Roy is an avid writer, aspiring diplomat, and inquisitive traveller. His articles mainly focus on examining world politics, exploring Japanese culture, and understanding the human self. To read more f…

A Note After Election Day

You thought that it was a bad dream. It was not. The flags streaked with red, blue, and a messy splash of orange in a sea of red caps. Beyond the crazy mad months that the world has endured, lies a fu…

The Useless Liberal Arts Degree

So what are you going to do with a Sociology degree? Become a popcorn seller? This is how I am often mocked by my Engineering friends or those with degrees that can be directly applied in the workplac…

Unpacking “Happiness”

It began with a casual conversation in a large shopping mall in central Singapore. A long-time friend of mine and I, then fresh from junior college, were wrecking our heads over possible university op…

The Musings of a City-Kampung Girl

I am not a countryside girl. I’d be the first to admit that I’m a 100% city girl, 100% metropolitan. I am not the type of person who likes the soft quiet haven of the countryside, who is content with …

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